“I oversee ten churches in remote places, so I will distribute your booklets widely as I have ten pastors and their congregations who will share them. Each church covers one village in one month, distributing 1,000 Telugu tracks in each village. So, we need ten thousand booklets for each month. “I saw your booklet in Nellore in the hand of a pastor, so I opened your site and concluded that your ministry must be very, very, very blessed! I lift up your ministry in my prayers and will support your work by sending monthly contributions to your office in India. I am excited about your ministry. Your great literature is going to unknown villages. God bless you!”
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“This is the story about Pastor John (name changed to protect his identity in the midst of intense persecution), who has planted two churches so far. In three of the villages he has a ministry to children. His burden is to preach the gospel in 40+ villages that he has adopted for his focus. He received some World Missionary Press literature from us and he says that, as a result of distributing the gospel booklets, four villages have opened up, and this is how: He has eight young fellows in his church that are his gospel team. Before they go out for a whole day of distribution, they spend a whole day fasting and praying. Then they go out to distribute the World Missionary Press literature. As a result of their hard work, supported with a lot of prayer, they now have access to four Hindu villages. In each one of the villages is at least one family who have accepted Christ as a result of the gospel booklet distribution. This is a huge thing, actually. It’s so difficult to gain access to these Hindu villages, and it’s significant that each of these four villages now has an open door in the form of a family who has accepted Christ by reading the World Missionary Press booklets. Now they can go into these villages and preach the gospel more, distribute the gospel booklets more, and they are hoping to bring a lot of people from these four villages that have opened up to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.” -Anonymous, India
PUBLISHED ON 30 MARCH, 2017 BY JULIE BOURDON
International (MNN) — In the iconic 1950s film “The Sound of Music”, Maria von Trapp’s character realizes her plans for her life were not going to work. To console herself, she says, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” This sentiment perfectly captures the changing environment of the mission field. Gospel-sharing opportunities aren’t ending; they just shift from place-to-place.
Helen Williams of World Missionary Press is constantly in contact with distributors of their Scripture booklets all around the world. She says some doors are closing for ministry, and others are opening. What either situation has in common is this: The demand for Scripture booklets is great.
She says, “There are places, particularly in Pakistan and India, where there is a tightening of things and time is short. And most of our major distributors are well aware of this and they are pressing the urgency.” In these areas, Christians must take great care in what they say and how they conduct themselves around their neighbors. In Pakistan, the anti-blasphemy law has become an easy way to punish religious minorities. Even so, there are workers on the ground who refuse to give up.
“They’ve been threatened and they’ve been told, ‘You can’t do this.’ They’ve been attacked — and yet, they’re saying, “Just pray for us, that we’ll be bold, that we’ll be wise. We’re going to continue to do the work, we’re going to continue to share the Gospel.’” In parts of India, there is a growing intolerance towards anyone who would become a Christian.
“We are seeing more and more anti-conversion laws being proposed in India. We are doing everything we possibly can in India right now because we are hearing there that it’s getting more and more difficult,” Williams says.
One of their contacts in India has ordered 20 million booklets which will be used in just the next few months as they pass them out to a number of villages. While some organizations are focusing on leadership training in light of the closing doors, World Missionary Press is working to resource these leaders while they still can.
And while time may be limited in these areas, people from other parts of the world have a chance to hear the Gospel for the first time. Williams explains, “There are also other places where things are opening up. The refugee situation in Europe — we are getting so many requests from Sweden, and Norway, and Finland where people have migrated all the way up there.”
One contact from Helsinki told Williams that it was as if all the nations had come to Finland. Many of the refugees are coming from countries closed to mission work and evangelism. In addition to Europe, shipments of the Arabic New Testament are heading to the Middle East to be shared with families displaced by war and violence.
Whether the door of opportunity is opening or closing, Williams says it’s like there is a recommitment from their distributors to reach as many people as they can with the hope of the Gospel.
“The Word of God is not bound in any way, and we just want to be on the front lines providing material for those who are willing to go.”
As World Missionary Press receives pleas for more and more Scripture booklets from ministries and churches in India, we are confronted over and over again with the challenge of how to answer these requests. Laying the letters before the Lord, as King Hezekiah did, we ask the Lord to show us what to do and how to do it.
Circumstances have brought about two distinct ways to do more to reach the 1.3 billion people of India with the gospel. God has provided resources to increase production in our plant in Indiana. As production volume has increased without additional overhead expenses, our cost to produce each additional Scripture booklet has been reduced. This enables us to print more booklets for every dollar donated. As income grows, production can increase even more, and the number of booklets that can be printed for a single dollar increases. We praise God for each donor who contributes to the printing of more and more Scripture booklets.
In addition, the Lord laid it on the heart of WMP’s leadership to create a special focus to impact India through a MAJOR supply of WMP Scripture booklets. Realizing that time may be short and that many parts of India are experiencing increasing resistance to the preaching of the gospel, we developed Project India—a focused effort to provide 100,000,000 booklets for India in 3 years at a cost of $3,000,000. Major ministry partners in India have calculated the need and have teams in place to use all we can produce. The production of 8 million Scripture booklets in India was recently completed. By printing here at a reduced cost as well as printing in India, WMP can significantly increase the amount of material available to attack enemy strongholds and bring light to the darkness.
The challenge is before us. He has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. The time is short. Millions are dying daily without ever knowing their Creator and the One who gave all to restore them to Himself. We praise God that one of our regular partners has sponsored one of four containers destined for India in line for production here. Will you help?
WMP ministry partner - June 9, 2017
"In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." - John 16:33b
One of our major ministry partners in India had one of their churches burned down recently. The ministry leader shares "It seems the Hindu activists burned down the church because they were angry that the pastor conducted Vacation Bible School for three days at his church. One hundred plus kids attended the VBS and most of them were from Hindu families."
World Missionary Press partners with several major ministries in India, supplying millions of Scripture booklets in various Indian languages yearly, as a primary tool for reaching India’s 1.3 billion souls with the gospel.
While hundreds of WMP How to Know God booklets burned during the fire, many millions more are at work changing lives for eternity.
The ministry leader states "The fiery darts of the devil may burn down church buildings, but they cannot snuff out the passion we have in our hearts to reach out to the lost! Church building or no church building, the Word we have in our hearts and the Word we have in our hands (WMP booklets) will continue the work of the gospel. If God moves in your hearts to send help, send us not bricks, but more WMP booklets!"
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